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Public Works Technician I - Water, Sewer (2 positions)

City of Stanwood
Stanwood, WA Full-time
Posted on June 22, 2018

POSITION 1: Public Works Technician I – Sewer Division

POSITION 2: Public Works Technician I – Water Division

DEADLINE: 1ST Review - 4pm, Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Position is open until filled

SALAR RANGE: $3,698/month-$4,778/month

BENEFITS: As provided by the Union contract



Submit a city job application, letter of interest and resume by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 to be considered for the 1st round of interviews. This position will remain open until filled.

Please visit the City’s website to download an application packet and to review the full job descriptions for both positions.

Application packets can be mailed or delivered to: Stanwood City Hall, Attn: Lisa Sokolik, 10220 270th St. NW, Stanwood, WA 98292. Faxed or scanned application packets will not be considered.

Note: At this time there are two PW Tech I positions open; one in water and one in sewer, please indicate which position you are applying for on your application. If applying for both positions, please submit 2 application packets (1 for each position).

Job Descriptions for the PW Tech I–Sewer and PW Tech I–Water are slightly different so please read both job descriptions.



Performs a variety of unskilled or semi-skilled maintenance work, and operates a variety of equipment in the construction, operation, repair and maintenance and replacement of wastewater facilities and systems and water facilities and distribution system.



Works under the immediate supervision of the department lead. May receive assignments, performance review, training, and guidance from Public Works Director and/or Designee.



Please visit the city’s website at to review the full list of Essential Duties and Responsibilities for the PW Tech I position for Sewer and Water as they are different.


The following are the same for both positions:

Performs skilled and semi-skilled maintenance and operation activities designed to provide quality service for the City’s wastewater and water systems.

Sewer - Inspects, maintains, operates and/or repairs malfunctions at the wastewater treatment plant; repairs gauges, pumps, filters and other controls and equipment at frequent intervals to insure that all aspects of the system are functioning properly.

Water - Inspects, maintains, operates, and/or repairs treatment equipment, booster pumping stations, reservoirs, meters, distribution piping, hydrants, etc., at frequent intervals to insure that all aspects of the system are functioning properly.

Works with assigned crews in installing new service lines.

Assists Department Lead in maintaining a variety of records relating to inspections, maintenance activity, lab work, etc.;

Determines the locations of gas, telephone, power, television, and water and wastewater lines from the appropriate sources prior to excavation.

Responds to customer complaints, evaluates situations, and explains findings to supervisor.

Ensures the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by cleaning and checking equipment and tools after use.

Drives trucks of various sizes and weights related to the operations and maintenance of the departments system.

Performs routine inspections and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor; cleans equipment.

Performs all duties in conformance with appropriate safety and security standards.

Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, including pavement cutting, ditch digging, main and pipe repair, laying and backfilling.

Makes purchasing recommendations on any material or equipment needed to carry out the duties of the division and makes purchases upon approval;

May train entry-level employees and part-time employees to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position when assigned;

Perform all duties in conformance with appropriate safety and security standards;

Standby duty may be required for this position.




Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent, and
  • At least one (1) year of experience performing a majority of the essential duties and functions of the position, or;
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.


Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in maintenance, construction and repair activities done by a utility field;
  • Working knowledge of hazards and safety precautions common to work completed in the utility field;
  • Working knowledge of the practices, methods, materials and tools used in modern equipment and facilities maintenance;
  • Skill in operation of the listed tools and equipment;
  • Ability to train and provide guidance to entry-level or part-time employees;
  • Ability to perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time;
  • Ability to work safely, ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and the public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to handle stressful situations, maintaining composure while under pressure;
  • Ability to follow and implement City safety guidelines and procedures;
  • Ability to provide quality customer service to the public, demonstrating a professional and can-do attitude while administering City regulations;
  • Ability to perform at a level commensurate with length of service;
  • Ability to produce a quality work product in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at one time and follow through on commitments;
  • Ability to use good judgment in making decisions;
  • Ability to provide innovative solutions to difficult problems, taking initiative to take on assignments without being asked;
  • Ability to work as a member of and support a team, treating others fairly and consistently and exhibiting a positive attitude;
  • Ability to follow rules provided by the City’s Code of Conduct and Personnel Policy.




Tech I

  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License and clean driving record
  • Flagger certification, confined space entry, first aid/CPR certification within one (1) year of hire;
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator In-Training (OIT) within one (1) year of hire OR
    Water Treatment Plant OIT and Water Distribution Manager OIT within one (1) year of hire.



  • CDL certification with tanker endorsement
  • Ability to reach Stanwood within forty (40) minutes for call-outs.



Motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, pickup truck, utility truck, tamper, plate compactor, saws, pumps, compressors, sander, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, phone, ditch witch, etc.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel and operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and /or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.



Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.